When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins (1964), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to... (Full plot summary below)
When Walt Disney's daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins (1964), he made them a promise - one that he didn't realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney's plans for the adaptation. For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn't budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp. It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers ...
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ReelViews - 9/10 by James BerardinelliTaken on its own, Saving Mr. Banks is a pleasant, crowd-pleasing endeavor. For those with a soft spot for Mary Poppins, however, it's a treasure.
McClatchy-Tribune News Service - 9/10 by Roger MooreIt was never going to be “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Reserve that honor for the film that inspired it. But Saving Mr. Banks is still one of the best pictures of the year.
Us Weekly - 8/10 by Mara ReinsteinForget super. This bighearted and intelligent drama is supercalifragili. . . .you get the idea
Christian Science Monitor - 8/10 by Peter RainerThompson is very good at playing imperious, and she even manages an unexpected trace of flirtiness in a few offhanded moments with Hanks.
The Standard - 8/10 by Matt NealSaving Mr Banks is perfectly gauged to suit its subject matter - the light touch of Disney and the toughness of Travers, the slickness of Hollywood and the roughness of the Aussie outback.
New York Observer - 8/10 by Rex ReedThe screenplay, by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith, seamlessly captures two different eras with overlapping story lines that never intrude or confuse.
Forbes - 8/10 by Mark HughesIt's a wonderful film that deserves your attention, and that you deserve to experience.
Windy City Times - 8/10 by Richard KnightA familiar and very satisfying collision of art versus commerce or lowbrow, mainstream taste...versus highbrow sophistication.
Time Out London - 8/10 by Cath ClarkeThe whole thing goes down with a few bucketloads of sugar. What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Thompson, who plays Travers with wit and warmth, adding a spoonful of spoilt child to help the battleaxe go down.
Empire - 8/10 by Helen O'HaraThis is not a simple story of an uptight English woman induced to loosen up by those freedom-lovin’ Yanks, but a delicate and brilliantly acted story of overcoming the past to embrace an uncertain future. Emma Thompson, in particular, is magic.
Variety - 8/10 by Scott FoundasIt’s a bit square, never particularly surprising, yet very rich in its sense of creative people and their spirit of self-reinvention.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 8/10 by Steven ReaSaving Mr. Banks, set in 1961, is smart, delightful.